Dialogue needed

The right to protest is an important part of Canadian democracy and the right to free expression.

Section 2 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees the freedom of expression, freedom of association, and the freedom of peaceful assembly.

Protests are a way for people to express themselves for or against decisions made by government or other powerful institutions. People have taken to the streets through-out history to stand up for what they believe in.

As long as they are peaceful and respectful protests can be productive and through conversations change can occur.

The Government of Canada and the United States have made being vaccinated a requirement to cross the border. The only way to cross the border, in a commercial truck or any other vehicle, is to get vaccinated. While a number of Canadians were – and still are, in Ottawa to voice their displeasure over this mandate, its unfortunate that a great number of the protestors have no connection to the trucking industry and have a separate agenda beyond a disagreement over cross border vaccine requirements.

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